Everyday people tempt fate and die trespassing on railroad tracks. Not everyone who trespasses on railroad property does so with bad intentions. Regardless of intent, trespassing isn’t just illegal – it’s dangerous. Pedestrians who walk or play around railroad tracks should be aware of the risks and stay off the tracks. It takes a train traveling 55 mph more than a mile to stop. By the time a locomotive engineer sees a person on the tracks, it is too late to stop the train.
The only safe, legal place to cross railroad tracks is at a designated pedestrian crossing. Remember, crossing arms aren’t just meant for automobiles – never walk around them.